teenage boyOn the Family Scholars blog, David Lapp draws attention to official figures showing that the proportion of teenagers having sex has dropped over the past two decades or so. He writes:

People who make the case for chastity are frequently greeted with an assertion that goes something like this: ”In today’s society, it’s unrealistic to expect young people to not have sex. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”

But an October report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that that assertion is wrong.

From 1988 to 2006-2010, the percentage of never-married males aged 15-19 who have ever had sexual intercourse dropped from 60 percent to 42 percent.

For never-married females aged 15-19, it dropped from 51 percent to 43 percent.

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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet